Attempting to fight panic
could only worsen your condition instead of alleviating it. It may seem
counter-productive, but there is a good reason why you shouldn't do
so. Read on for some helpful suggestions you can use during the onset
of a panic attack.
During the onset of a
panic attack, it is best if you try not to combat it. Panic is different
from negative thoughts or irrational fears. Trying to go against it
might only worsen your condition instead of alleviating it. At all cost,
keep yourself from tensing up during a panic attack. Also, it would
not do you any better if you attempt to suppress it or grit your teeth.
Even though taking action is more beneficial than just being passive,
combating panic still doesn't work for the best outcome for you. Below
are some helpful suggestions you can try whenever you experience a
- Do not evade the symptoms. Instead, deal with them head on.
If you try your best
to evade or deny a panic attack, it indicates that you are accepting
your inability to face up to the situation and tackle it. More often
than not, keeping it in or trying to pretend that it isn't so only causes
the panic feeling to multiply, thus, making matters worse for you. A
better way to deal with it would be to simply allow your body to go
through the dreaded phase. As you do this, remind yourself frequently
that you would be able to handle the situation since you have gone through
- Allow your body's natural reaction to take its course.
Whenever you attempt
to ward off panic, the tendency is for your body to tense up against
it. Doing this only amplifies your anxiety. The initial reaction to
fear would be the expected physiological reactions of your body to panic.
Second, you would instinctively make yourself become fearful of these
reactions telling yourself any or all of the following assumptions:
you are unable to deal with the situation, you should try to escape
the situation, and you are conscious of how other people would react
upon seeing you in such a situation. For the first reaction, accept
that it is something way beyond your control because you just can't
do anything about it. But for the second reaction, you can do away with
it by merely allowing your body to go through that phase instead of
succumbing to fearful reactions or fighting it.
- Let the panic phase pass. Biologically, since it is triggered by a sudden surge of adrenaline, which is physical, you can still manage your reaction to it psychologically.